Halloween is right around the corner, and we are so excited! There are always tons of things to do in and around DC during this time of year that encompass various levels of spook. Check out the list below for our ten best things to do in DC to really get in the Halloween spirit! Most of these events and tours are metro and bus accessible.
1. Haunted DC Walking Tours
For those of you who enjoy learning about the history of DC, there are tons of historical ghost tours offered! Congressional Cemetery in southeast DC showcases the stories of the lost souls of Congressmen, suffragists, bootleggers, and various other people. It runs from October 28th to the 29th between 5:30pm and 10pm. Get your tickets here!
Creeped out by cemeteries? Take a tour of Lafayette Park and its surrounding buildings! Washington Walks takes you around the park, the past site of many turbulent events like quarrels, attacks, and even murder.
For those 21+, the White House Pub Tour is a two and a half hour historic haunted pub tour. Participants go from pub to pub, listening to haunted historical stories while having enough time to grab something to drink!
2. Apple and Pumpkin Picking at Homestead Farm
Homestead Farm in Poolesville, MD hosts a Harvest Festival every weekend in October, perfect for a leisurely Sunday! Just a short 20-minute drive from the Shady Grove stop on the red line, the farm offers apple picking, pumpkin picking, and hay rides! Pumpkins are just 59 cents per pound, too. If picking your own apples and pumpkins isn’t your thing, their market has pre-picked fruits and vegetables and homemade apple cider!
3. Silver Spring Zombie Walk
If you love zombies and have always wanted to dress up like one in public, then the Silver Spring Zombie Walk is the perfect place for you to be. This Saturday, October 29th, hordes of people dressed as zombies will be gathering to follow a path from Denizens Brewing Co. to AFI Silver Theatre. The walk is free to attend and even ends with a zombie dance party! Be sure to practice your best zombie imitation before you go.
4. Glen Echo Fall Frolic
Just outside DC is Glen Echo Park, a cultural and arts center that holds a Halloween-themed fall festival every year. Between 1pm and 4pm on the 29th, you can pick and decorate a pumpkin, have your face painted, join a costume parade, and visit the park’s other various studios and galleries. Fun for all ages and virtually no cost to you! Montgomery County’s Ride-On bus #29 takes you straight to the park from Friendship Heights and Bethesda metro stations.
5. Día de los Muertos
On October 29th and 30th, the National Museum of the American Indian is holding a Día de los Muertos celebration! Día de los Muertos is a centuries-old Latin American celebration that honors the dearly departed. Visit the museum to participate in fun workshops and hands-on activities, and enjoy performances and talks by traditional Latin artists and musicians.
6. Costume Carnival at Gateway DC
On Halloween, Gateway DC will be hosting a free family-friendly Halloween event. Children and adults alike can come, dressed up in their best costumes for a chance to win a gift card! There will also be family-friendly Halloween movies playing, a live DJ, pumpkin decorating, face painting, food, and more! Don’t forget to RSVP before you go.
7. Fright Fest at Six Flags America
Enjoy the thrill of rollercoasters and being followed around by realistic-looking zombies? Then head to Six Flags America before the end of October for a myriad of thrills! They have creepy haunted houses, scary shows, and thrilling rollercoasters you can ride. Arguably the best things that set Fright Fest apart from other haunted houses in the DC area are the “scare zones” situated throughout the park. Zombieville, Necroville, Ghost Town, and Carn-Evil are filled with ghosts, witches, ghouls, and zombies that seek to terrify you as you walk from attraction to attraction.
8. French Embassy Halloween Dance
On the 31st, the French Embassy is hosting a Halloween celebration from 7-10pm! There will be dancing, great music, French wine and desserts. RSVP online so the embassy knows how many people are attending, and don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!
9. Scream City
Scream City is not for the faint-hearted. Down in RFK Stadium sit two impressively scary indoor haunted houses, called the Exorcism Estate and the Slaughter Factory. If you think you can handle it, test your fears at the indoor haunted house. Scream City is definitely not recommended for children. Here’s a Groupon for it, if you’re brave enough to go!
10.Various Fall Festivals
There are tons of fall festivals happening in and around the DC metro area through to November! Everything from apple and pumpkin picking, to food tasting festivals, art shows and expositions, and much, much more! Check out this website to see the vast array of events happening this fall.
Happy Halloween everyone!